Author Archive | Mick Fealty

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Who signed off the 0% and 1% rises for Northern Irish teachers?

Just spotted this protest against a pay offer of 0% for 2015/16 and 1% for 2016/17 for teachers. Sinn Fein are doing the needful and out on the protests, this time in Crossmaglen: .@mfearonsf MLA supporting colleague @barraomuiri & his fellow striking teachers in Crossmaglen today @into_ni #fairness pic.twitter.com/xW4VaDjiAs — NewryArmagh SinnFein (@newryarmaghsf) January 18, more…

“The department did not know about flaws in the RHI scheme in the summer of 2015…”

The BBC has a good summary of the headlines arising from the PAC meeting this afternoon. Remember, the PAC is the place where normally the heavy lifting is currently being done in interrogating officials. Permanent Secretary Andrew McCormick was today’s star witness: A meeting with former enterprise minister Jonathan Bell to review ministerial papers in December may have more…

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“…it should never be forgotten that a genuinely united Ireland must be based on a free union of those living in Ireland”

The strength of positive feeling towards the economist TK Whitaker in the Irish press was extraordinary. I want to come back to that later in the week, since there may still be important lessons to draw on from the manner in which he approached matters. But, in the context of this election to nowhere we’re enduring more…

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Simon Hamilton’s ‘sticking plaster’ solution has met with no objections from O Muilleoir’s department in ten days

At the weekend Gerry Moriarty treated the increasingly shrill rhetoric from the Minister of Finance Mairtin O Muilleoir during the past week, with scepticism. Mot least the Minister’s loud references to “sticking plaster solutions” to the RHI debacle. And if “post-truth” means repeating an allegation so often that, regardless of its veracity, the public will more…

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Any word on that budget you seem to have magically disappeared there Máirtín?

Good point from Stephen Dempster… RHI projected 490m overspend; SIF 13m over; community halls fund cost quadruples. Other overspends. Why can't Executive manage our money? — Stephen Dempster (@dempster7) January 14, 2017 Before the last election, I asked what damage could putting SF into Finance cause. I don’t suppose our oddly well travelled Finance Minister would more…

Speakers Office

So more by way of completing the story, here’s the unrushed detail of that row between the Finance Minister and the Communities Minister, the latter of whom… …said he would press ahead with the payments by bypassing the Executive and bringing legislation directly before the Assembly – potentially on the same day the election is more…

RHI regulations to be laid before the Assembly on Monday…

Looks like its going to be a very busy day on Monday. As well as sorting out the bedroom tax, the Assembly’s business committee is meeting at 5.30 to hear a proposal to lay legislation to make changes in the regulation of the RHI scheme. The Finance Minister has seen this proposed legislation and its business case a more…

The varying costs of the last southern election per constituency…

CHEAP SEATS: One of the advantages the big parties in #AE17 is how the scale of their operation drains costs.  Karl Brophy has tweeted this fascinating breakdown of costs from the last Irish election… Spend per seat won in € for #ge16 AAAPBP 44,460FF 38,361FG 55,377SF 28,269Greens 73,396.Soc Dems 63,529Labour 154, 816 — Karl Brophy more…

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Corbyn against @UKLabour’s sleeping base in Northern Ireland playing an official part in #AE17

Just in from the Labour Party in NI stalwart, Boyd Black… Jeremy Corbyn has said it is ‘extremely unlikely’ there will be official Labour candidates in the Stormont Assembly elections. This comment is unhelpful. It is also not surprising, as the promised official review by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has been disgracefully delayed, more…